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Heartburn Meds May Often Be Taken for Too Long, at Too-High Doses
Date:2/22/2013

on after an initial prescription and ask, 'Does this patient need to be on this medication?'" Gawron said in a university news release.

However, he said this study shows that "once these veterans are prescribed a [proton pump inhibitor], they are rarely taken off of it. Two years after their initial prescription, most are still on the drug."

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The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases has more about GERD.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Northwestern University, news release, Feb. 20, 2013


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